Once you've received your degree in engineering, you're ready to search for contract engineering jobs. Some contract engineering jobs require that you have a specific skill set. In order to obtain these skills, you might want to look at contract design engineering jobs that specialize in a specific sector. Even entry-level positions require that you have skills in interpreting calculations and drawings by design and development teams, contractors and consulting firms. Once you've grasped these fundamentals, you'll be ready to move onto bigger contract engineering jobs.
One essential quality that potential employers look for is the ability to move a project from design to execution. Demonstrate your capability to do so by detailing your contributions to various projects in your portfolio. Also, have a few anecdotes in your arsenal to use during interviews. Employers are also looking for a demonstrated, solid analytical capability.